A former Manchester City player, Benjamin Mendy, has filed a “multi-million-pound” claim with the Employment Tribunal claiming “unlawful deductions from wages” for pay owed from September 2021 to the end of his contract in June 2023. The player last played for the club in August 2021 and was suspended following several charges for sexual offences against women.

The jury found the footballer not guilty of four charges but were unable to reach verdicts on two other charges which led to a retrial in July at Chester Crown Court. He was again subsequently acquitted of both charges.

The club did not pay the player’s wages because they deemed him unavailable for work during his bail, trial and retrial.  Mr Mendy spent over four months in custody before being bailed in January 2022 with conditions preventing him from entering the county of Greater Manchester, where he would be required to train and play home matches.

After failing to resolve the dispute with the club, the matter has been filed as a claim with the Employment Tribunal.